Author: Lisa Luciano
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Publisher: Micro Publishing Media Inc.
Paperback: 288 Pages
Genres: Mystery, crime, thriller, suspense, sports fiction, fiction
If you thought the Tonya Harding / Nancy Kerrigan story was the biggest scandal in figure skating history, you are in for a surprise. It is just one of the many shocking and tragic scandals to rock the world of figure skating. Behind the glitz and glamour in the rink is a world filled with dark and disturbing secrets, corruption, greed, addiction, abuse, racism, homophobia, athletes at the breaking point, and countless suspects capable of murder in their quest for the gold medal.
Written by former NY Times Olympic reporter Lisa Luciano, The Chosen Ones (though fictionalized for protection) reveals shocking secrets inspired by real-life skaters and events. It is a darkly entertaining depiction of the scandal and social issues entrenched in high-profile Olympic sports.
A chilling message left on an answering machine warns that one of the world’s top male figure skaters will be dead before the end of the Olympics. A disgraced reporter has one chance to save a life and resurrect his career by going undercover as a trainer in order to infiltrate the backstage world of figure skating. What he discovers hidden behind the smiles and sequins, is a chilling and dangerously competitive world filled with corruption and scandal. In this non-stop thriller, only one person can win. Not everyone will survive.
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A mystery based in the world of figure skating - As a longtime fan of the sport, there's no way I could let this one slip by without giving it a gander. I remember the Nancy Kerrigan / Tonya Harding story. I remember watching it all play out in the media, and given the many pressures to bring home the gold, you have to wonder just how much further an athlete or someone athlete adjacent will go to win. This murder mystery may be fiction, but it sure was fun to guess and ponder which parts of the skaters and their lives were based on fact.